The Hydrangea, Ajisai in Japanese, are one of the floral stars of Japanese summer and are emblematic of the season. While they dislike the full impact of the scorching summer sun, they thrive in woodlands. Abundant in parks, especially good spots even become sightseeing destinations during the summer months. In Japan, a huge variety of different species exists. The endlessly changing pastel tones of their blossoms ranging from blue over cream to pink, depending on soil acidity and the presence of aluminum ions in the ground, present a never-ending source of subjects to the photographer.